Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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New Speakers Are Aiming To Make A Big Noise IN The Christmas Rush

By Dave Pinwell 12th December 2017 Tech News 41
New Speakers Are Aiming To Make A Big Noise IN The Christmas Rush

New Speakers Are Aiming To Make A Big Noise In The Christmas Rush  Bluetooth speakers for wirelessly booming out music from phones and tablets are old hat, so the leading players have added interactivity and hope for big sales in the pre-Christmas rush. The Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Chromecast Audio are both devices…

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Headphones To Be A Big Christmas Hit

By Dave Pinwell 5th December 2017 Tech News 53
Headphones To Be A Big Christmas Hit

Headphones To Be A Big Christmas Hit  There seems to be a general feeling in the industry that headphones for kids might be one of the big sellers this Christmas. They have only been in the mainstream for a relatively short time. Some parents might not even know that they are a thing. Yet, in…

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Rest Easy – Here’s Sleepy Suggestion For Christmas List

By Dave Pinwell 27th November 2017 Tech News 80
Rest Easy – Here’s Sleepy Suggestion For Christmas List

Rest Easy – Here’s Sleepy Suggestion For Christmas List The dawning of that dreadful new arrival in our calendar, Black Friday, not only brings the dread of gridlocked town centres and a sluggish internet, it tells us the Christmas shopping season is here and, with it, the angst of choosing presents. For those with a…

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Be Careful With New Technology

By Dave Pinwell 17th November 2017 news, Tech News 168
Be Careful With New Technology

Be Careful With New Technology Last week’s IT news seemed to be dominated by the unintended consequences of having advanced technology. First up was Matthew Channon, lecturer at Exeter University and Specialist in how the law applies to autonomous vehicles. He submitted evidence to Parliament that hackers could readily obtain remote access to the controls…

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Send Messages That Stand Out From The Crowd

By Dave Pinwell 17th November 2017 Tech News 111
Send Messages That Stand Out From The Crowd

Send Messages That Stand Out From The Crowd Want to send messages that stand out from the crowd? Then maybe it is time to check out Ultratext. This is an App for phones that turns text messages into colourful animated GIFs in order to win them some attention when they are received. When read, the…

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Tracking Devices For Employees Unlikely To Be Popular Move

By Dave Pinwell 7th November 2017 Tech News 151
Tracking Devices For Employees Unlikely To Be Popular Move

Tracking Devices For Employees Unlikely To Be Popular Move The rise of the Fitbit for monitoring fitness activity seems to have inspired Amazon to take such technology further and apply wrist-based tracking approaches to workplace productivity. News has emerged that Amazon has developed and patented a range of wristbands for tracking how effective the operatives…

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Train Trial Could Help Commuters

By Dave Pinwell 1st November 2017 Tech News 206
Train Trial Could Help Commuters

Train Trial Could Help Commuters Transport for London (TFL) has just launched a trial of new information service that holds some promise for the weary rush-hour traveller. A new display system has been introduced at Shoreditch High Street station on the Highbury & Islington to Surrey Quays Overground service. Like most station destination boards today,…

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New Law May Have A Surprise In Store

By Dave Pinwell 20th October 2017 Tech News 302
New Law May Have A Surprise In Store

New Law May Have A Surprise In Store Despite Brexit and all that, new European law on data protection law hits the UK next May and it closes several loopholes that have had an impact on us as consumers. It does, however, place far greater demands upon those who hold information about us. Some organisations…

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Smart Crossings for Pedestrians Need To All Behave The Same

By Dave Pinwell 13th October 2017 Tech News 299
Smart Crossings for Pedestrians Need To All Behave The Same

Smart Crossings for Pedestrians Need To All Behave The Same Zebra crossings were surely one of the least likely things to feature in this column. Yet, here we are with ‘smart pedestrian crossings.’ Back in 2014, at a notorious black spot in Badajoz, Western Spain, LEDs were deployed to automatically light a crossing at night…

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Phones To Track Phones Yields Wealth Of Data

By Dave Pinwell 6th October 2017 Tech News 299
Phones To Track Phones Yields Wealth Of Data

Phones To Track Phones Yields Wealth Of Data Transport for London (TFL) provides wifi at almost all underground stations and has just published a very interesting report. This reviewed its pilot project to collect and analyse connections made to 1,070 wifi access points at 54 stations. From the MAC addresses which identify each phone uniquely,…

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